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by the entire intelligence committee, which susan rice on the 16th, who was asked to go before the people and use that statement, did. i have read every one of the five interviews she did that day. she was within the context of that statement. and for this, she has been pillaried for two months. i don't understand it. it has to stop. if it continues, it's going to set up once again a partisan divide in these -- the house and the senate, which congressman rogers and i have tried to overcome and have overcome with some success with respect to the intelligence committees. >> congressman rogers, to my understanding, talking to government officials, is that what susan rice said on "meet the press" five days after the attack and other programs as well, was very similar to what then director petraeus said privately on september 14, that there appeared to be a terrorist element to it but that it appeared first to be spontaneous but it became a terrorist attack, and that that was his belief. so were they not speaking basically in the same way? >> well, first of all, why are we doing the investigat
went so hard after susan rice, having just come out of an election in which republicans lost votes among single women in particular and did badly with minorities, so to go off the susan rice, an african-american female, the white house saying what are they doing? chris: does it look that way as an observer, sexist? >> i wonder if something else is going on, whether lindsey graham wants to do something on immigration reform or is trying to cover his back on benghazi or there are politicks to play but the white house can't understand the opportunity. chris: a lot of motives going on there. >> chris, i live in brooklyn and bringing you two updates for the sandy recovery on the effort back home. chris: good for you. >> good news and bad news. good news, the motorized wheelchairs are beginning to work again and old people's wheelchairs are powered by electricity and when the power goes out they literally can't move around. the power is beginning to come on in some of the high-rise buildings so people are able to recharge their wheelchair for really the first time in weeks and able to mo
's the point. >> reporter: republicans continued their attack on u.n. ambassador susan rice and her account in the days following the attack that expressed her role in an anti-muslim video. >> the stories he told re-enforced a political narrative helpful to the president. she was the most politically compliant person they could find. i don't know what she told, but i know the stories she told were miss leading. >> it was one of the most unfair attacks i have ever seen in washington in 34 years, susan rice was using the unclassifies talking points that were provided by the intelligence community. >> somewhere along the line those talk points changed. >> what i do know that every member of the intelligence community says the references to al qaeda were removed by somebody and they don't know who. >> reporter: but the administration denied claims of white house interference and says they made only a minor change. >> there's only one thing that was changed and i checked into this, i believe it to be absolute fact and it was the word consulate was changed to mission. >> reporter: and today lawma
of focus on susan rice, the ambassador who came on the show who said this was a spontaneous attack, not something terror related. she did testify about that the real issue we'll tackle this morning was had she contradicted the view of the administration, saying she did believe it was terrorism all along, and even at the outset, talking points given by the intelligence community to susan rice, that have the elimination of any reference to the terror attack. >> will this set up a confirmation fight where we talk about susan rice and her possible nomination to lead the state department. >> if the president nominates her to be secretary of state, one of the questions that will come up for mccain and graham. when secretary of state condoleezza rice was nominated to be secretary of state, she said publicly all kinds of things about iraq, that they had weapons of mass destruction, that turned out to be absolutely wrong, and they felt despite that she should be supported. it is hypocritical to say susan rice should not be supported because somehow she was behind a coverup? one of the thing
lifeline. >> reporter: definitely did, doreen. good news for susan rice today. we learned that here on the hill from democrats, including dutch runnersburger from baltimore. members of the house and senate who today got closed-door briefings from the cia. and reported later that the u.n. ambassador, susan rice, got a bit of a lifeline thrown to her by the agency. the cia corroborating what rice said she knew and when she knew it. but overall, she said this issue remained highly political, partisan, even personal. libya's become a battle between president obama and republican senator john mccain. who insisted again today the administration knew quickly that al qaeda had attacked. >> for the president of the united states for two weeks afterwards to deny that that was the case, is either a cover-up or it is incompetence. >> reporter: susan rice denied it. infuriating republicans. acting cia director mike morrell on the hill today briefed some lawmakers on libya. one, a democrat said the account backed rice. that u.s. intelligence did give her the incorrect account that she passed on.
obama will nominate susan rice to the post to replace hillary clinton. rice is currently the ambassador to the united nations. some republicans are upset over her handling of the deadly libya attacks. the "meet the press" moderator david gregory points out a similar issue out of the bush administration. >> condoleezza rice, also nominated to be secretary of state. she had, of course, publicly said all kinds of things about iraq, based on intelligence that turned out to be absolutely wrong. and yet they felt that despite that, she should be supported. so is it hypocritical for them to say susan rice should not be supported because somehow she was hunted a coverup? >> one of the republicans opposing rice, senator lindsey graham will, be on today's program. also on today, chair of the senate intelligence committee, democrat dianne feinstein. see it all right here at 10:30. >>> today, thousands are expected to march through washington over the controversial keystone pipeline. protesters trying to tell the president to continue saying no to the pipeline which would carry oil between canada a
negative comments from republican senators on the possibility that u.n. ambassador susan rice could become secretary of state. >> we'll do everything to block the nomination within our power as far as susan rice is concerned. >> i don't trust her -- i think she knew better, and if she didn't, she should not be the voice of america rance on "m press" days >> reporter: he referred to rice's appearance on "meet the press" days after the benghazi attack. >> but this is a spontaneous reaction to a video. >> reporter: today, the president was visibly angry. >> if senator john mccain, and senator graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to hurt her reputation, is outrageous. >> reporter: overall, though, he was congenial and reflective. >> i am more than familiar with all the literature about the presidential overreach in second terms other hand, i didn't >> on the other hand, i didn't get re-elected ju
-muslim video, when susan rice appeared three days after the attack. >> our current assessment was what happened in benghazi was a spontaneous reaction. >> reporter: both democrats and republicans said the cia assessment of terrorism was classified. and that is why that was not included in the official talking points rice was given. >> and she did entirely the responsible thing in answering questions based on what was unclassified, and agreed to by the entire intelligence community. >> reporter: early drafts of those talking points had included more details. senior u.s. officials say a decision was made to keep the role of terrorists sect because of the legitimate issues. >> to be more specific about the al-qaeda involvement, yet, the final one said indications of extremists. >> reporter: petraeus was among the officials who signed off on the talking points. but lawmakers say he didn't play exactly how or by whom the final decision was made. so democrats defend susan rice saying she was simply limited in what she could say publicly, even if the government new more. republicans who are so critica
the sex scandal that cost him his job. >>> president obama is defending susan rice. republicans have criticized her for insisting the aing ta was sparked by anger over an anti-islam film despite the fact that it was a coordinated attack. >>> the fbi's top brass will spend a second day on capitol hill giving lawmakers were details about the investigation that led to david petraeus's resignation. fbi director robert muler and shawn joys met privately yesterday. one federal agent says paula broadwell sent e-mails to several high-ranking military officers in an attempt in undermine jill kelley's reputation. the scandal has caught both privileges. >>> the prospect of the fiscal cliff now and the potential that congress may not avoid going over it is sending wall street into a tailspin. the dow posted its third triple digit loss in a little more than a week yesterday, closing down. both ended the day at their lowest day since the summer. nasdaq is down 10% from september. investigators say they are worried that the president's reelection could mean continued grid lock on capitol hill in th
susan rice the next secretary of state. in the meantime, rice attended a u.n. security council meeting tonight on the recent violence in the gaza strip. she said president obama called benjamin netanyahu and reiterated his support for israel's right to defend itself. but she said the united states is urging israel to make efforts to avoid civilian casualties. it happened after an israeli air strike killed an hamas leader zufrnlt a woman can't walk after a medical mistake. she claims a doctor left something in her foot after surgery. shamari stone has the story. >> this woman scoots around her house in rockville tonight. >> this experience has to be the most painful i've ever had. >> she says nine months ago a doctor at the medical center operated on her foot to remove a bunion but left something behind. >> all i wanted him to do was take off my bunion and when i came out of surgery, i was in excruciating pain. >> her foot was red, swollen, she had no clue a broken drill bit was inside it. >> i kept telling him after surgery that it hurt. this is not a normal pain. >> she tried to go ba
a politically important lifeline to obama, u.n. ambassador dr. susan rice. but the overall issue remains highly political, highly partisan. even personal. libya's become a battle between president obama and republican senator john mccain, who insisted again today the administration knew quickly that al qaeda had attacked. >> and for the president of the united states, for two weeks afterwards, to deny that that was the case, is either a cover-up or it is incompetence. >> reporter: susan rice denied it, infuriating republicans. acting cia director mike morerel on the hill today briefed some lawmakers on libya. one, a democrat said the account backed rice, that u.s. intelligence did give her the incorrect account that she passed on. >> that this was a spontaneous protest that involved something militant. that was the best information. they said they had at the time. >> reporter: there had been earlier attacks in benghazi. house republicans hammered the administration reaction. >> the people back here in washington continue to deny additional security. and they continued to do away with security t
and not a terror attack. u.n. ambassador susan rice, her name has been thrown out there as secretary of state, republicans are pushing back because she said five days after the attack it was spontaneous. petraeus could shed some light on this. by the way, his testimony is closed. lynn. >>> tracie potts for us in washington. tracie, thank you. >>> well, for now for a look at the weather, let's check in with nbc meteorologist bill karins. i'm surprised you showed up at work. >> i would challenge anyone to have an easier job today than me, even you. >> wow. thank you. i've been slafg away all evening. you don't know. >> i know. it's a mess in the kitchen. good morning, everyone. here's what we're looking at, nice, quiet day. just like yesterday. whatever you wore yesterday as far as the jacket and gloves went will work today. a little bit warmer in south texas. everyone else is the same, 20s and 30s. very typical for this time of years. we don't have any big storms to track. we had the rain moving up through georgia, south carolina, north carolina. that's trying to push out of the outer banks an
that u.n. ambassador susan rice was reportedly using to answer questions as the administration's representative. >> she knew at that point in time that al qaeda was very l e likely responsiblen part or whole, in the death of ambassador stevens. >> she did entirely the responsible thing. >> now petraeus, said the decision to put out a different account of what happened was not political. he also said his personal scandal, the extra marital affair that led to his resignation last week had no impact on his handling of benghazi. how the cia missed threat to americans in benghazi, is still under investigation. jim and doreen, back to you. >> thank you, jim. d.c. school principal is home tonight after pleading not guilty to simple assault. her name is thelma jarrett. she was released from jail today. she is the principal at coolidge high school in the district. a former school employee claims jarrett and three other women attacked her, at a football game, this month. the victim says she was punched and kicked in the school's parking lot. jarrett is on leave now for the length of tha
republicans who have been critical of u.n. ambassador susan rice. they blasted her for saying it was sparked by an anti-islam film despite evidence that it was a coordinated terror attack. the president says she was just giving her best answer based on the intelligence she had been provided. senator john mccain is even trying to block -- threatening to block rice from becoming secretary of state if the president chooses her to succeed hillary clinton. >>> quickly approaching fiscal cliff is already giving investors on wall street a scare. dow closed down 185 points yesterday, third triple digit loss in a week. nasdaq is down 10% from september. the fear of grid lock on capitol hill is driving the tailspain. president obama says there is room for agreement. >> as i've said before, i'm open to compromise and i'm open to new ideas. and i've been encouraged to hear republican after republican agree on the need for more revenue from the wealthiest americans as part of our a arithmetic if we're serious about reducing the deficit. >> the president did say he would not accept continued tax cuts for
back at republicans who blasted susan rice's response to the attack in benghazi. they criticized her for insisting that the attack was sparked by anger over an anti-islam film despite the fact that it was a coordinated attack. senator john mccain is trying to block her if she is chosen to succeed hillary clinton. >>> benghazi hearings won't be the only major discussion on capitol hill. they will learn more about the fbi's investigation that led to david petraeus's resignation. robert mueller and shawn joyce will meet for a second straight day. paula broadwell september e-mail toss several high-ranking military officers in an attempt to undermine tampa socialite's reputation. she is friends with petraeus and it cost both some privileges. the military suspended the u.s. army security clearance and kelley's air force base pass. >>> the edge of the fiscal cliff is still a month and a half away but it is already spooking investigators on wall street. the dow posted its third triple digit loss in more than a week closing down 185 points. both it and the s&p 500 ended at the lowest levels s
not to nominate u.n. ambassador susan rice as his new secretary of state. after rice claimed benghazi was a riot gone wrong. go after me, the president demanded. >> to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> reporter: mostly he came across mellow. a victor reaching out to his opponents. and with both sides rlly not very far apart on taxes, the president clearly hopes his reelection will tip the balance. get him a few republican votes. and the kind of deal he wants to avoid the fiscal cliff. i'm steve handelsman, news4, capitol hill. >>> nancy pelosi has put rumors about her future to rest. she raised more money than any other member of congress to put democrats back in power. but her party fell far short of the 25 seats needed to win the majority last week. still pelosi succeeded in electing the most diverse caucus in the country's history. >> as you look forward, understand that you are looking into the future. the future of empowerment of women in america. and i have made a decision to submit my name to my colleagues, to once again serve as the house democratic leader. >> the only woman ever
.n. ambassador susan rice is emerging as a leading candidate. according to bloomberg news, several white house officials say rice is close to the president and has a similar foreign policy philosophy as the president. senator john kerry and national security adviser tom donlon have also been mentioned as potential replacements. hillary clinton may remain secretary of state for the beginning of the president's second term. >>> this morning we're seeing how emotional president obama became during and after his re-election bid. >> what you guys have done to continue the work that i'm doing, i'm really proud of that. i'm really proud of all of you. and what you have done -- [ applause ] >> the president got choked up when he thanked members of his campaign staff on wednesday. he told his staffers and volunteers that he is confident they will do amazing things in their lives. >>> dozens of students at one virginia college may be disciplined for how they reacted to the president's victory. hampdon sydney college said 40 students were upset and set off fireworks, threw bottles, and shouted racial slu
of state, but "the post" claims susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, is in line for that job. >>> more breaking news now. >>> at least 28 people died in yesterday's attack by syria near the turkish border. the violence in syria has killed more than 36,000 people since an uprising against president bashar al assad's regime. >>> and a rocket attack in afghanistan killed a 28-year-old man overnight. at least four rockets hit the northeast section of kabul. the attack happened near an intelligence service office building and a private tv station. one home was damaged in that attack. >>> on the chopping block. in just a few hours, we expect d.c. to reveal more than a dozen schools thatted can ecould be their doors. news 4's tony tull is live in northeast with news on the closures. >> reporter: by 10:00 a.m. this morning, we expect to hear from chancellor kaya henderson son what schools she expects to close due to low enrollment and poor performance. kaya henderson saying low enrollment and underachievement are the reasons for the closures. by the way, these can be ov
, susan rice. she was the obama administration's representative who gave the initial incorrect intelligence of the benghazi attacks. still most insiders believe rice and kerry are the two insiders. clinton's eventual replacement will be on solid ground. >> the advantage over a president who has got their bearings about what they want to accomplish around the world. >> reporter: at treasury, the top candidate to replace tim geithner, white house chief of staff jack lew who also served the president as the budget director. the president may decide to keep lew where he is and look else where. at the pentagon, leen panetta's departure probably won't happen unit thill spring but the short list includes michelle flournoy who served as the policy chief during the president's first term. she would be the first woman to head defense. jack reed a west point graduate and veteran of the armed services committee. and john kerry, if the president doesn't tap him for state. says he's still undecided about staying on. he reportedly told law students in baltimore thursday, "do i have some gas l
.n. ambassador susan rice as his new secretary of state. after rice blamed benghazi was a riot gone wrong. go after me, the president demanded. >> and to besmirch her reputation? it's outrageous. >> reporter: mostly he came across mellow. a victor reaching out to his opponents. with both sides up here not really far apart now on taxes, the president clearly hopes his reelection tips the balance, gets him some republican votes on this. and the deal he wants to avoid the fiscal cliff. live from capitol hill, steve handelsman, news4. >>> steve, thank you. now, for more on the scandal involving the former cia director, nbc's pete williams joins us now. there's so many developments in so many different directions in this story. what's happened today? >> well, today we learned general petraeus will in fact testify before the senate about what happened in benghazi. it will be in a closed session. we're told actually he volunteered to do it. the senate said they wanted to hear from him, but his friends say he called the cia, called his associates there and said i do want to testify. today the directo
the fight over u.n. ambassador susan rice, who, five days after the attack, denied it was al qaeda. using cia public talking points that dropped the al qaeda reference. >> and she did entirely the responsible thing in answering questions based on what was unclassified. >> reporter: but rice had a motive to spin the story on "meet the press." barack obama running for reelection, he might name her secretary of state. >> this is an administration led by a president who said when he ran for office that he would take the fight to al qaeda. we have decimated al qaeda. >> reporter: republicans still charge rice with distortion. >> she knew at that point in time that al qaeda was very likely responsible in part or in the whole for the death of ambassador stevens. >> reporter: petraeus knew it was al qaeda. he agreed to put out the different account. but not, he said, for political reasons. petraeus told lawmakers the cia just wanted to keep secret what it knew, and how it knew it. but republicans up here are not buying that was rice's motive. i'm steve handelsman, news4, capitol hill. >>> the whi
is going to be benghazi, and particularly what u.n. ambassador susan rice did shortly after the attack, that it was spontaneous. that turned out not to be true. democrats and republicans thursday sparred over whether the administration intentionally misled the public. >> this administration, including the president himself, has intentionally misinformed -- read that lied -- to the american people in the aftermath of this tragedy. >> if you want to know who is responsible in this town, buy yourself a mirror. >> reporter: now, both republicans and democrats on the house and senate side had briefings yesterday with the fbi and the cia. they saw realtime video of the attacks. today's hearing with petraeus -- in fact, both of them are also closed. we won't see him testify on camera, but the senate leaders say at least for their committee, the senate intelligence committee, they're planning to have an open public hearing on this probably in a couple of weeks. >> tracie potts live on capitol hill for us this morning. >>> breaking news from the middle east. escalating violence during what was
.n. ambassador susan rice had specific talking points for media outlets which did not include the terrorist plot because it was classified information. >>> a new report shows jill kelly the woman who helped launch the petraeus scandal visited the white house three times in the past year. she and her sister were invited by mid level staffers they met at the airforce base in florida. kelly also referenced petraeus and general john allen in e-mails to tampa's mayor and said the two generals were telling her to stop a local shock jock threatening to destroy a koran. petraeus resigned after admitting to an affair with his biographer paula broadwell. the affair became public after kelly received threatening e-mails from broadwell. >>> railroad crossing signals will be tested today in a small texas town where a train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans. it had the flat bed trailer carrying the veterans and their families. witnesses say the crossing gates at the track came down just seconds before impact. the ntsb says the train was traveling under the 70-mile-per-hour speed limit and
susan rice, who five days after the attack denies it was al qaeda. using cia public talking points that dropped the al qaeda reference. >> and she did entirely the responsible thing in answering questions based on what was unclassified. >> reporter: but rice had a motive to spin the story on "meet the press." barack obama running for reelection, he might name her secretary of state. >> this is an administration led by a president who said when he ran for office that he would take the fight to al qaeda. we have decimated al qaeda. >> reporter: republicans still charge rice with distortion. >> she knew at that point in time that al qaeda was very likely responsible in part or in whole for the death of ambassador stevens. >> reporter: petraeus knew it was al qaeda. he agreed to put out the different account. but not, he said, for political reasons. petraeus told lawmakers up here today, u.s. intelligence wanted to keep secret what it knew, and how it knew it. but republicans up here are not buying that that was rice's motive. steve handelsman, news4, capitol hill. >>> there is news to
. the investigation to get answers also turned into a fight to prevent united nations ambassador susan rice from becoming the next secretary of state. steve handelsman is on the hill to report the cia may have thrown ambassador rice
susan rice said on "meet the press" and other programs five days later. and this is the key question, which is did they fail to call it what it was? and that is a terror attack on an anniversary of 9/11? and if so, why? i think resolving that is still the key question but it only gets us to the bigger question, lester, which is what about america's footprint on the ground in a kcountry like libya that needs so much rebuilding at a time when the united states does not want to be responsible for all of that security and all of that rebuilding? >> and we're mindful the president leaves hoping to get a deal to avert the fiscal cliff some time after the thanksgiving break. is that wishful thinking or has the climate changed to the point this may happen? >> i think there are good vibrations and that amounts to something between republicans and defensemmocrats right now, n republicans and the white house most importantly. the president clearly seems like a president who wants to fight on the issue of taxes on the wealthy, but he's signaling compromise will. i think that's where all this sta
. that is a stark contrast to the account u.n. ambassador susan rice offered in the days after the incident when she said that what happened in benghazi was a spontaneous attack. some lawmakers said the discrepancy was the result of evolving intelligence, while others noted the cia's initial assessment of terrorism was classified and therefore not included in the talking points rice was given. critics of the administration are demanding more answers while others are defending ambassador rice. >> the original talking points were much more specific about al qaeda involvements, and yet final ones just said indications of extremists. >> i don't think she should be pilloried for this. she did what i would have done or anything else would have done. >> reporter: now those who were in the room said petraeus testified that his resignation had nothing to do with the consulate attacks, saying it was solely due to the fallout from his admitted extramarital affair. he also apologized for his behavior. >>> a key figure in the resignation of cia director david petraeus is tampa socialite jill kelley. kelley's con
in the u.s. petraeus added that u.n. ambassador susan rice had specific talking points for media outlets which did not include the terrorist plot because, again, it was classified information. new reports show the woman who helped launch the petraeus scandal visited the white house three times in the past year. jill kelly and her sister were invited by a mid level staffer they met at the airforce base in florida. kelly also referenced petraeus and general john allen in e-mails to tampa's mayor. she said the two generals were telling her to stop a local shock jock threatening to destroy a koran. petraeus resigned after admitting to an affair with his biographer paula broadwell. the affair became public after kelly received threatening e-mails from broadwell. >>> the time right now 9:07. next why a virginia professor is being singled out from hundreds of educators across the country. >> steven colbert brings his cynical antics right here to the district. why you might say he went face to face with his twin. >>> and a celebration of the family and community. how you can join this cultural e
made it clear they would not support susan rice to become the new secretary of state. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> their chief gripe, they believe she disqualified herself several days after the benghazi attack with her explanation of what happened. >> our current assessment is what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations of our facility in cairo. >> i don't trust her. and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> a visibly angry president obama fired back at both senators and defending his ambassador. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to p go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received and it's outrageous. >> but mccain decided not to let the president have the last
house has also lock wanted u.n. ambassador susan rice to success hillary clinton, but officials say congressional leaders are now warning them that the controversy over benghazi could complicate her confirmation, and counterterrorism adviser john brennan is still a possibility, if he wants it, to take over at cia. a lot going on here. savannah. >> complicated is the word of the day. amitch nell washington. thank you. let's turn to retired colonel jack jacobs who is an nbc military analyst. first petraeus, and now general allen involved. on the stunner scale, where do you put this? >> seven. very startling, especially for those people who worked with these officers and known for them for years and years. really quite astonishing. do you know general allen? what is his reputation? >> i don't know him very well. i've met him on several occasions. he's a 1976 honors graduate of the u.s. naval academy. he's got a -- a masters degree from georgetown, from the national war college. he's quite an intellectual actually. a great infantry marine and has had an absolutely stellar career. all th
, and perhaps a more controversial choice, u.n. ambassador susan rice, the obama administration's representative who gave the initial incorrect intelligence explanation of the benghazi attacks. still, most insiders believe rice and kerry are the two front-runners. white house veterans say clinton's eventual replacement will be on solid ground. >> the secretary of state in the second administration has the advantage of a president who has their bearings about what they want to accomplish around the world. >> in treasury the top candidate to replace timothy geithner white house chief of staff jack lew who has also served as the budget director. the president may decide to keep him where he is and perhaps look elsewhere to another senator or clinton administration veteran. at the pentagon leon panetta's departure may not occur until the spring but the list may include michele flournoy. she would be the first ever woman to head defense. rhode island senator jack reed, a west point graduate and veteran of the armed services committee. then there is john kerry if the president doesn't tap him for stat
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